Former Finance, External Affairs Minister, India
• Former Finance, External Affairs Minister of India;
• Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Surface Transport;
• Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Finance Department of the Bihar Government;
• First Secretary (Commercial) in the Indian Embassy, Bonn, Germany (1971-1973);
• Consul General of India in Frankfurt (1973-1974);
• Ministry of Commerce as Deputy Secretary to the Government of India;
• Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960; and
• Political Science Professor at Patna University (1958-1960).
Patna University (Masters Degree in Political Science, 1958).
From Drought, To Drenching? El Nino Likely To Return With Torrential Rain
Associated Press: Warmer ocean temperatures off the California coast--and the massive impact on local and global climate--could be coming again, with predictions indicating an El Niño is possible this year.
The expected conditions would lead to more rain this coming winter, lessening California`s drought, and the southern states` drought, plus a milder winter for the nation`s frigid northern states, and fewer Atlantic hurricanes.
Mike Halpert, acting director of NOAA`s Climate Prediction Center, says the El...
United Kingdom: Farmers' fury after climate change expert claims
Western Gazette: Farmers have reacted angrily after the Government's climate change experts questioned whether it was fair to spend £100 million of taxpayers' money to save the Somerset Levels.
Climate expert Lord Krebs has sent a letter to Environment Minister Owen Paterson saying the Levels should not be made a special case and any plan should be good value for money. Earlier this week the Minister took receipt of an action plan outlining £100 million worth of measures that need to be taken to safeguard the...
Safety US Nuclear Reactors Called into Question in New Report
Nature World: A new report by the influential non-profit group National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) suggests that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is still not adequately protecting American nuclear reactors from the risk of hydrogen explosions such as the ones that crippled the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear campus three years ago.
In a severe loss-of-coolant scenario such as the one that triggered the meltdown at Fukushima after a March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, uranium-filled fuel rods, made...
Two million comments opposing tar sands expansion delivered to the US State Department
Vancouver Observer: The original plan of environmentalist groups in the U.S. was to deliver one million comments opposing Keystone XL to the State Department this morning. But the response from people all over North America speaking out against the Keystone XL pipeline and the Canadian tar sands has been so enormous, a coalition of youth-driven environmental groups will now be delivering upwards of two million signatures to the doorstep of the White House this morning.
Dozens of organizations, including 350.org,...
Middle East drought a threat to global food prices
Reuters: The Middle East's driest winter in several decades could pose a threat to global food prices, with local crops depleted and farmers' livelihoods blighted, U.N. experts and climatologists say. Varying degrees of drought are hitting almost two thirds of the limited arable land across Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Iraq. "Going back to the last 100 years, I don't think you can get a five-year span that's been as dry," said Mohammad Raafi Hossain, a U.N. Food and Agriculture...
Tax fossil fuel addiction the same way we treated tobacco addiction
Star-Ledger: Back when Fred Flintstone was puffing away on Winston cigarettes in the 1960s, it was hard to imagine the day would ever come when we would see the end of smoking in the U.S. But, much to the relief of our overburdened healthcare system, some officials now dare to predict that the adult smoking rate will drop to 5 percent or lower by mid-century.
So, how is America breaking its addiction to tobacco, and what lessons can we apply to a similarly dangerous addiction - burning fossil fuels?
Doing the math on polar sea-ice melt
LiveScience: Antarctica may be the last place one would expect to find a mathematician, but Ken Golden isn't your average mathematician.
Golden, a mathematician at the University of Utah, is using math to model the melting of the polar ice caps. He has been on multiple expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, where he studies how the microscopic structure of ice affects the large-scale melting of the ice caps.
"We're using pretty sophisticated mathematics to better understand the role of sea ice in the...
Tutu urges US to shelve 'carbon bomb' Keystone
Agence France-Presse: South Africa's peace icon Desmond Tutu on Friday urged the United States to reject Canada's Keystone XL pipeline, saying the "carbon bomb" would upend the US role fighting climate change.
The Nobel Prize-winning archbishop who fought apartheid led a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to reject the 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometer) pipeline, which would bring oil from the carbon-intense Alberta tar sands into the United States.
"The verdict on whether to approve or reject the Keystone...